It doesn't really matter where the Texas Rangers are playing these days. They're winning series after series, home or away.

Texas (45-25) has won a franchise-record nine consecutive series heading into the start of six-game homestand Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

Perhaps it's a good omen for the American League East-leading Orioles (40-28) that their visit to Globe Life Park in Arlington is just a one-game affair, as the two teams make up a rainout from two months ago.

The Rangers are coming off an 8-2 road trip comprised of series wins at AL West rivals Seattle and Oakland before a weekend interleague sweep at St. Louis. Texas, winners of a season-high six in a row, has strengthened its lead in the division and owns the best record in the American League.

The final two wins over the Cardinals were comebacks, giving the Rangers a majors-best 22 come-from-behind victories this year.

"You can't say enough about what we've been able to do," first baseman Mitch Moreland said after Sunday's 5-4 win. "Staying in the ballgame, fighting all the way until the last out and (winning) two pretty fun ones the last couple of days. It's been a good road series for all us all together and a nice way to cap it off."

The Rangers send Derek Holland (5-5, 5.14 ERA) to the mound against Baltimore. The lefty was one of the few Rangers to struggle on the road trip, going 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two starts.

"I'm not going to get caught up in that," Holland told "I have to keep plugging and execute my pitches. It's always just a few pitches that I miss with."

After Monday's tilt with the Orioles, Texas faces Cincinnati for two games before getting a day off Thursday. Rangers manager Jeff Banister isn't inclined to skip the fifth starter's spot before facing Boston on Friday.

Texas' off day would be the first after playing 20 consecutive games and the last before the All-Star break. Getting his starters an extra day of rest is Banister's priority.

"I'd like for that to happen," he told "It has been a long stretch, it would be nice to give everybody an extra day."

That fifth starter won't be Yu Darvish, who's eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but isn't ready to pitch.

"We're not ready to go into fifth gear with him," Banister added. "I think for all of us, including him, the arm got sore and it's probably not something Darvish is used to. It's been awhile since he felt anything, so for him and us to work through it, we're OK with that. He'll let us know how he feels."

A.J. Griffin, Nick Martinez or Cesar Ramos are the most likely options.

The trip to Texas continues an odd week for the Orioles. Baltimore beat Toronto 11-6 at home Sunday and returns to Camden Yards for a two-game series with San Diego beginning Tuesday.

To complicate matters, the Orioles and Tampa Bay have a doubleheader set for Saturday to make up for another rainout. Baltimore needs a starter Wednesday.

"As soon as that last pitch is thrown in Texas, we will spend three hours on the plane getting ready for San Diego," manager Buck Showalter told

Right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14 ERA) is in search of his first win of the season against Texas.

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